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Unformatted text preview: modern world. I do however feel that the parallels he draws are somewhat valid in that while the collapse of the civilization on Easter Island guarantees nothing about our world today, I think it serves as an important reminder to us of what could happen if we do not learn from the mistakes on Easter Island. 3) The tragedy of the commons is a sort of collective action parable in which a civilization abuses and exhausts its resources in the form of a common grazing area for their cows. This is a result of the members of the civilization each looking out for their own benefit rather than the benefit of the community as a whole. This story relates to attempts to curb global warming in that such attempts have so far resulted in similar outcomes. This is a result of real individuals looking out for their own interests such as the sale of fossil fuels and machines that run on them rather than the good of the environment....
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- Spring '08